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I am a school psychologist in NJ. I pursued the adoption

I am a school psychologist in NJ. I pursued the adoption process for a 5-yr old boy who is in foster for whom I have called DFS twice. Upon a court proceeding on the child's behalf, his public defender put my name in as a possible adoptive parent. DFS called me, and my husband and I consented to background checks. When it got to local police check, our township noted a domestic violence occurrence for which the charges were dropped (by me against my husband--I called due to destruction of property, had him removed, there was NO PHYSICAL ABUSE AT ALL) as my husband went to detox and has been sober ever since, no prior criminal, no arrest on this or ever, I dropped the TRO, made written statement at courthouse to dismiss everything. DFS will not place the child with us for this reason. There were no charges, no arrest, therefore no conviction. I want to fight this. Do I have a case? I feel we have been ruled out unfairly. What can I do? (PS, if he wasn't sober since then, I'd throw him right back out and told them and him so).

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My girlfriend lost custody of her daughter when she went to

My girlfriend lost custody of her daughter when she went to another state for a little over two weeks. She is a young new mom whose mother withdrew her from high school at the age of 17 when she found out she was pregnant. She was sent to live with a friend of her mother and have the child. She ended up going on a trip to California (she and I were on a break at the time) to see an ex. He neglected to get her back to the airport to catch her flight for the round trip ticket she had. Her father then filed for emergency custody even though she had left her child in the care of a friend of the family and even signed over medical power of attorney in her absence in case anything was necessary for her daughter. An ex-parte hearing was held and emergency custody was awarded. She has been trying to regain custody of her daughter now for months. Her father's attorney alledged that she was a drug addict and an unfit parent. She has since passed all drug tests and passed parenting classes and been through counseling. Her father's attorney even called her a whore in court. I wasn't aware that that had anything to do with being a fit parent. She was living with friends of the family because her father would not take her in. She did/does not have the money for an attorney was not represented by anyone but herself in the proceedings. Previously she had been through this process on her own. That is not and will not be the case any longer. The father of the child is not in the picture whatsoever. She is now a very young adult and now has her first job. She is persuing her G.E.D. and she and I are working on getting a place of our own. She is currently living with me, but I have roommates and we want an even calmer place for the baby. My parents would even allow her to live with them (which is an unquestionably fit home) if it would help regain custody of the baby. Can we get the baby back? How can they still have the child? What are the grounds under which her child was taken from her?

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New york state child support law a parent pays until the child

New york state child support law: a parent pays until the child turns 21, are there any rules where this can end before that age? EX. child drops out of high school (signed out by parent) EX. Child doesn't go to college, gets a full time job instead? EX. Child moves out on her own at 18? EX. Child marries at 18?EX. Child has teenage pregnancy?

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I have just been made aware that my 20 yr old son was

I have just been made aware that my 20 yr old son was sexually molested and abused while he attended camp 10-11 years ago in Pennsylvania. I called a sexual abuse hotline in PA this past weekend and filed a report. They stated the report will go to the DAs office in the county where the abuse occurred, Wyoming County, PA. Should I need to retain counsel now or wait until the DAs office contacts me?

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In Oklahoma, how much leeway does a 14 year-old child have

In Oklahoma, how much leeway does a 14 year-old child have in determining which parent he wants to live with and is that restricted to just parents or is he able to designate anyone as long as they are a relative? The mother has sole custody.

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I am in the middle of custody case right now with my sons

Hello, I am in the middle of custody case right now with my sons father in Colorado. I am trying to come up with parenting plan, but can't come up with anything that feels safe, and in the best interest of our son due to his well documented history with alcoholism DUI's and DWAI's. I fear for my son now while he has visitation with his father per the restraining order I was granted. I recently pulled bank statements to our joint bank account and found out that he is drinking/purchasing alcohol several times a week although he is on probation for DUI he got in April of 2014.What should I do??

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I recently got divorced. I never knew aboUT the case and I

I recently got divorced. I never knew aboUT the case and I was able to win the vacating of a default judgement. Now I am going for custody and visitation. Right now i have supervised visitation and i am seing my daughter every other weekend from 10 am to 2 pm, on Saturday's. The mother is has lied and said I caused a laceration. To her eye brow about 3 years ago. I was able to get the medical records and the records show the mother states it was an accident because my daughter got to close to the stove. This incident was when I was in the military. And a FAP worker was involved. I just went through family cout mediation and the worker is saying a CPS report may need to be done.. The mother is also pretty much saying I am crazy. I was in the military. I did serve in active war and thus sustained injuries. I have PTSD, I suffered a TBI, I have decreased hearing in 1 ear. I am receiving help for my PTSD. And I recently completed TBI treatment. How does all this affect my time with my daughter?

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My daughters mother is keeping my daughter from me and we

My daughters mother is keeping my daughter from me and we have both moved out of the county that our court order is filed in. She obtained full legal and physical custody of my daughter by making allegations against my son who is from a previous relationship and involving CPS. A full investigation was done and the findings were inconclusive yet the courts still sided with her, and stated that my son is not to have contact with my daughter and that I can only see my daughter under professional supervision to ensure that I do not allow them together. Our order states that I am allowed to attend my daughters extra curricular activities and talk to my daughter on the phone twice a week at specified times. I know what city my daughter lives in but do not know where she lives and the mother has changed her phone number. I have tried to contact her via Facebook and email several times but she is not responding. What can I do to regain contact with my daughter when we live in different counties from each other and from where our court order is filed?

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Here's my question I have a daughter who will soon be 8 and

Here's my question I have a daughter who will soon be 8 and her father whom I'm not married to has been on disability for many years now he just got a job and told me when taxe time comes he is going to claim her on his taxes. Now I'm marred I've been married for going on 6 yrs and my husband and I have been calming her ever yr is this going to cause us a problemThankyou ***** *****all bearden

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